EarthSense, a startup located at the EnterpriseWorks incubator, was selected to participate in John Deere‘s 2020 Startup Collaborator program. This program was started in 2019 to help strengthen Deere’s relationship with startup companies with technology that’s proven beneficial to John Deere customers.
EarthSense was one of four companies chosen for this year’s program. John Deere selects startup companies who are transforming agriculture with their technology. The companies selected for the 2020 Startup Collaborator program include:
- DataFarm – A Brazilian company building digital tools to recommend climate-smart agricultural practices to optimize farmers’ return on investment
- FaunaPhotonics – A company from Denmark building technology for real-time pest detection to ensure sustainable crop management and improve tools for pest control.
- Fieldin – An Israeli company working on data management tools for specialty crops
- EarthSense – A company from Champaign, IL building novel sensing methods to improve in-field data collection
EarthSense was founded in 2016 by Chinmay Soman and Girish Chowdhary. The company develops ultracompact autonomous robots that use machine vision and machine learning to collect and convert field data into useful information. Their first robot, TerraSentia, is revolutionizing agriculture.
John Deere’s Technology Innovation Center is located at the University of Illinois Research Park. The Research Park provides an collaborative space for startups and corporations, like EarthSense and John Deere, to collide.
Learn more about the program here.
Read EarthSense’s feature in the New York Times here.